My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

College Essay Boot Camp and the Unbearable Feeling of Letting Go

College Essay Boot Camp and the Unbearable Feeling of Letting Go

By on Aug 1, 2013 in Education, Getting Old Sucks | 2 comments

On Tuesday, I had to get my flu-ridden self out of bed and take my daughter to school. No, the Fall semester hasn’t started THIS early (she still has another two weeks, but the summer still feels like it’s been too short). But as this will be her senior year, there are additional events and activities on her agenda. She’s been talking about next...

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Another Year, Another BlogHer

Another Year, Another BlogHer

By on Jul 28, 2013 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 6 comments

This year, I vowed to do things I had never done before at BlogHer, beginning with my arrival — because aside from a stopover at O’Hare Airport 30 years ago, this was my first time in Chicago. I went on to do new things by (1) wearing a dress (something I may have done before but cannot recall, because it is pretty hard to make me don anything but...

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Chicago is My Kind of Town

Chicago is My Kind of Town

By on Jul 25, 2013 in Food and Drink, Travel | 0 comments

That old Frank Sinatra tune has been playing in my head since I landed at O’Hare Tuesday night — which is not really a bad thing. (It could be worse, right? Like a Justin Bieber ear worm?) How can you help singing when the view from your hotel window looks like this? There’s no shame in being a total tourist when visiting a new city, and I had...

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Baby Steps

By on Jul 23, 2013 in Mom Life | 0 comments

“You don’t have to do that,” my daughter said with an annoyed tone of voice. I pretended not to know what she was talking about, but she could not help but see me stretch my right foot forward, as if putting on the brake. Since I was in the passenger seat, she took my twitching as evidence that I was uncomfortable with that. Not true. She’s...

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Time for Contemplation

By on Jul 11, 2013 in Blather, Mom Life | 2 comments

I began this post on Monday morning. I attempted to finish it on Tuesday afternoon, while waiting for a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t get very far. I spent yesterday working on my weekly podcast … and then trying to finish a freelance post that should have been done two weeks ago. As you can see, time management is not my forte. It wasn’t...

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Independence Day at Grand Park

Independence Day at Grand Park

By on Jul 5, 2013 in Food and Drink, SoCal Life | 2 comments

My daughter decided that if she HAD to stay in Los Angeles for Independence Day, she would at least spend it with friends. She invited two of them for an overnight marathon of movies, junk food and board games. Ever last-minute, I decided we would be traditional and grill burgers for dinner. I queried the girls on their preferences. “Any vegetarians...

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How to Celebrate July 4 in LA?

How to Celebrate July 4 in LA?

By on Jul 1, 2013 in SoCal Life | 3 comments

We will NOT be spending Independence Day this year with my sister’s family in Sacramento, which has led me to something of a dilemma: How the heck are we going to celebrate the 4th of July here in LA? I’ve been combing local event sites for lists of fireworks shows and festivals for the Fourth, and there are plenty to choose from. So the hard part is...

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No More Reunions

No More Reunions

By on Jun 28, 2013 in Blather, Getting Old Sucks | 2 comments

I just received a reminder about my high school reunion, which is taking place this summer. I tossed it straight into the circular file. As I said when I received the “Save the Date” notice last year, I don’t do reunions any longer. That’s what Facebook is for. Besides, I’ve spent the last 40 years trying to forget the horrors of being...

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Preventing another Newtown

By on Jun 21, 2013 in MOMocrats | 0 comments

I am in San Jose this week, attending Netroots Nation with several of the other MOMocrats.  This is my live blog of this morning’s general session on gun violence, six months after Newtown.   Moderator Jehmu Green cannot think of another conversation as important. This session focuses on how to address this problem and leave this conversation with a very...

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